The entrance to the Karri Lake Trail is off Wheatley Coast Road at the northern end of Quinninup.
The winter of 2016 was a decent season with constant rainfall across the region. They say that frogs are a good sign of a healthy environment (bio-indicators). Wherever I walked I could hear frogs!
On one particularly wet day I walked down to the entrance off Wheatley Coast Road where I could hear Bonking Frogs sounding like an orchestra of banjos in the rain!
The walk around Karri Lake is mostly very easy with beautiful and at times stunning views along the way.
Karri Lake is the water catchment area for the town and there is evidence of logging and clearing in parts of the lake.
Unfortunately there is bacteria in the lake and the water is not fit for consumption. Drinking water has to be be constantly trucked in to refill the town’s reservoir tank .
It seems strange houses are allowed to be built around and very close to the lake.
The closeness of the houses and the human manipulation of the landscape is why the walk doesn’t attract the full 500 Bio points * you would expect.
Never-the-less it is a very satisfying walk and well worth doing for the views,the fresh air and to listen to the birds, frogs and insects everywhere! This recording captures the sounds of the forest as I walk past a stream.
There is also one lesser known moderate to difficult walking trail called the Ridgebark Trail.
Winter is a great time to walk the Karri forests of the South; the snakes are all asleep and the forests are vibrant with intriguing tapestries of various creepers, fungi, mosses, ferns and lichens.
However to catch the wildflowers and wild orchids then Spring is ideal. The snakes might be awake but they are rarely a problem (they slide away and hide from human footsteps). It’s a good idea to wear appropriate sturdy shoes and long pants. Dress for the weather (rain can come up quickly and unexpectedly). Always carry water in the warmer months. Avoid walking the forests on stormy, windy or very hot days.